Dividing a building 58:42

Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in the heart of New Delhi is being split block by block, floor by floor, room by room.

Written by Rakesh Sinha | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2014 9:28 am
Andhra Pradesh Bhavan and Telangana Bhavan sharing this 1 Ashka road  property thats why both put their  boards in the entres  gate. (Source: Express photo by Renukaq Puri) Andhra Pradesh Bhavan and Telangana Bhavan sharing this 1 Ashka road property thats why both put their boards in the entres gate. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

Parting is never easy, especially if you have to divide the family silver. And MPs from Andhra Pradesh, streaming into Delhi to attend their first session of Parliament after the bifurcation of the state, are beginning to find that out.

In yet another turn to the division of the state and its assets, the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in the heart of New Delhi is being split block by block, floor by floor, room by room. Even the Bhavan staff are being divided between the two new states.

Boards announcing the Telangana Bhavan and Andhra Bhavan have come up on either side of the main entrance to the building complex on Ashoka Road. Its canteen, a city landmark where a chair is hard to find during lunch hour, has gone the Hyderabad way, for now. Spared the division blushes, it will remain common to the two states.

But Godavari, Sabari and Swarnamukhi, the three blocks named after the rivers that flow through the old state, are being split.

Special Officer P Kiran Kumar says the division is in line with the 58:42 ratio reached on the basis of the population of the two states.

“Of the 72 rooms in the Godavari block, 64 have been bifurcated. The ground floor has not been disturbed. Rooms on floors 1 to 4 have been allocated to Telangana while floors 5 to 9 remain with Andhra Pradesh,” he said.

MPs checking into Delhi for the Budget Session are being accommodated in the Godavari block. The Chief Minister’s cottage remains with Andhra Pradesh.

All of Sabari block has gone the Telangana way. It has five suites plus two cottages — one is reserved for the governor, also common to the two states, and the other will be the camp accommodation of the Telangana chief minister should he wish to stay there.

But Swarnamukhi’s division has been somewhat strange. The states occupy alternate floors and the suites on each. “The ground and second floors are with Andhra Pradesh and the first and third floors are with Telangana,” Kiran Kumar said.

The canteen, auditorium and conference hall remain common but under Andhra supervision.

The division, overseen by a committee, has also factored in the Bhavan staff. The existing employee strength is 96, way below the sanctioned 168. Of the 96, Telangana has walked away with 38.

Last December, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, now his state’s first chief minister, had raised Andhra hackles when he said Telangana would stake claim to Andhra Pradesh Bhavan since it had been built on the property of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan.

But then claims, counter-claims bedevil every parting, every division of the family silver.

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    Subhash Bennur
    Jul 13, 2014 at 2:06 am
    The shape of things to come. Residual AP &T state will now fight for brick by brickgiven the personal stakes of T state leaders.This is utter nonsense.Division of AP to cater to the whims and fancies of one person TRC Rao was an avoidable tragedy. AP as a w ,looks like, is in for troubled times.
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    Ramana Chalavadi
    Jul 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    Wonder how one should react to this - laugh, cry, rage, pity,....! Yet another demonstration on how our 'honourable' netas are dividing people instead of uniting them. Reminds one of Mohinder Amarnath's evergreen comment "bunch of jokers"! Looks like no part of our polity is exempt from it!
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    Jai K
    Jul 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm
    So funny this. Hats off to those who we have put up as leaders so they may bring us shame. Chiiii.
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    Gangu true
    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:41 am
    Have we clearly discriminated in favor of reserved categories on both sides of the divide? And also provided for OBC Yadav/Mandal/Maratha and Hyderabad religious discrimionation quota?
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    K
    Jul 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    If division of a State within the country is loaded with such problems in the 21st century, the young generation can comprehend the situation during the parion of undivided India in 1947.
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    Vidyashankar Samaga
    Jul 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm
    Move on narrow minded people !Why this tamasha and waste of time and energy ?? allot this bhavan to one state and give another another bhavan !. It looks like some people want to re-live all the pains and pangs of parion yet again.
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